\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
mourned; mourning; mourns

Definition of mourn

intransitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow When he dies, people throughout the world will mourn.
2 : to show the customary signs of grief for a death especially : to wear mourning mourned for thirty days in black clothes
3 : to murmur mournfully used especially of doves

transitive verb

1 : to feel or express grief or sorrow for mourned the death of his son
2 : to utter mournfully let the whirlwind mourn its requiem— W. S. Gilbert

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Other Words from mourn

mourner noun
mourningly \ ˈmȯr-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce mourningly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mourn in a Sentence

She is still mourning her husband, who died last year. Thousands of people mourned his death. She was mourned by everyone who knew her. She mourned the loss of her youth. He still mourns the fact that he never went to college.
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Recent Examples on the Web Less than a week after his own surgery for heart trouble, Bernie Sanders and his family are mourning the loss of his daughter-in-law, Dr. Rainè Riggs, just two days after she was diagnosed with cancer. Jessica Migala,, "Bernie Sanders' Daughter-in-Law Dies of Neuroendocrine Cancer. Here's What to Know About the Rare Disease," 9 Oct. 2019 High School) & the entire @MDCPS (Miami-Dade County Public Schools) family in mourning the passing of a kind & giving teen who left an indelible mark on those who knew him. Fox News, "Florida teen dies days after rescuing boy, 9, mother from drowning," 3 Oct. 2019 Colorado’s hockey community is mourning the loss of Mike Christie, the former University of Denver standout defenseman who also played three seasons with the Colorado Rockies, including one as captain in 1979-80. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "26 years ago, the Colorado Rockies made a terrible trade deadline move," 31 July 2019 Hoosiers and others worldwide are mourning the death of Holocaust survivor Eva Kor. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Auschwitz Memorial, Gov. Holcomb and others react to Eva Kor's death," 4 July 2019 Detroiters kept the house’s association with Grant alive, decorating it in mourning upon his death on July 23, 1885. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Ulysses S. Grant home finally heading to Eastern Market," 13 June 2019 When the founders die, the family sits in mourning for three days. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "On Stage, a Capitalist Morality Tale With Questions for Today," 19 Oct. 2018 As news of his death spread, Mr. Johnston was mourned online by creators across mediums and generations, among them Beck, the director Judd Apatow and John Darnielle of the literary-minded indie band the Mountain Goats. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Daniel Johnston Dies; Gifted and Enigmatic Songwriter Was 58," 11 Sep. 2019 As the Ute Mountain Ute tribal community mourned the deaths of two middle school boys — Andrew William Cuch Jr., 14, and Jeit Redrock Height, 15 — on the same January night, Hayes and her friends grieved. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Ute Mountain Ute tribe confronts rising youth suicide rates with new mental health center," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mourn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mourn

Middle English, from Old English murnan; akin to Old High German mornēn to mourn, Greek mermēra care — more at memory

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mourn was before the 12th century

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How to pronounce mourn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mourn

: to feel or show great sadness because someone has died
: to feel or show great sadness or unhappiness about (something)


\ ˈmȯrn How to pronounce mourn (audio) \
mourned; mourning

Kids Definition of mourn

: to feel or show grief or sorrow especially over someone's death

Other Words from mourn

mourner noun

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